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Monthly Archives: November 2020

Garage Intruders

The garage is usually a place to store bikes, tools, and lawn care equipment. But for raccoons, squirrels, and more, a garage can be a spacious and weatherproof den. This article will explore the ways pest animals can enter your garage, and what precautions you can take to limit critters from hiding away inside.

Close the Garage Door

It is a common practice to leave the garage door open when outside your home. However, this can leave it available for raccoons and other animals to move right in. If possible, only open the garage when necessary, and close it right after. Reducing the time you leave the garage door open can limit the chance of a pest animal from entering your home. Additionally, limiting this exposure can reduce the risk of theft.

Keeping your Garage Clean

When the garage is free of clutter, there are fewer places for critters to hide. With less hiding places, pests are less likely to move in. Reducing clutter can also help you identify signs of pest invasion earlier.

Removing Food and Water

Some homeowners may store bulk food and water in their garage. A steady supply of food and water can make your garage a very habitable place for raccoons and other wild animals. Easy access to food means that they do not have to travel far for a meal, which makes your garage an attractive piece of real estate. Removing food stores from the garage, or limiting the amount of food stored there can reduce this risk. Additionally, putting bulk food items into animal-proof containers can reduce the risk of attracting animals from the smell of the food.

If you have a wild animal living in your garage, contact a humane wildlife removal specialist to get rid of the animal. We provide removal services in addition to restoration, cleanup, and repair of affected areas.
We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, opossums, and other pests in the New York/New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Wire Biting Mice

Mice can cause a lot of damage to homes, in a variety of ways. One of the most problematic sources of damage is the fact that mice like to chew on wires. Left unchecked, these critters can create major fire hazards. This article will explore why mice chew through wires, and what steps can be taken to prevent major fire damage.

Why Do Mice Chew on Wires?

There are usually a lot of wires hidden in crawl spaces, attics, and walls. These are all places where mice like to hide. As the mice maneuver through your home, they bite through whatever they need to to get around. This can include wires, insulation, wood, glass, rubber brick, and more. These rodents, however, may use wires to grind down their teeth. Mice and rats need to gnaw on hard objects to whittle down their teeth to a more manageable size. Because they can wrap their paws around smaller wires, it can be an easy way to grind them down. Damaged wiring can cause power losses and short circuits. Exposed and frayed electrical wires can create sparks and can even cause fires.

Protecting Your Wires

Mice and rats can easily chomp through wires, but there are ways to prevent or mitigate this. Rodent resistant wire coverings can be placed over existing wires or their replacements. You should have your wiring inspected by an electrician for any signs of damage. They may also be able to help you with encasing wires to prevent rodent damage. If you see any signs of rodents in your home, call a professional, humane wildlife removal service to remove them. New York/New Jersey Wildlife offers humane removal services, as well as cleaning and repair after the animals are removed.

We specialize in the humane removal of rats, mice, and other pests in the New York/New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

Ways to Deter Wild Animals From Your Property

Deterring wild animals from intruding on your property can be a challenge. Raccoons, mice, squirrels, skunks and more like to use homes or sheds for shelter when possible, as they provide good weather protection throughout the year. This article will explore possible ways to deter wild animals from living on or near your property.

Install a Sturdy Fence

While it might not stop all animals from intruding on your property, a sturdy fence can make a difference. A fence that stands about 5 feet high, and is buried about 1 foot underground is recommended. The height can discourage some animals from climbing it, while the depth can reduce the risk of animals digging under it.

Secure Your Trash Cans

Animal-proof trash cans will often deter a variety of dumpster diving critters. Opossums, raccoons, skunks, and more may be deterred if they can’t get free food. Removing the possibility of an easy meal is an important factor in preventing animal intrusion.

Inspect for Entry Points

Damage to the attics, walls, foundation, or basement can provide animals with a potential entry point. Smaller animals such as rats or mice need only a small crack to gain entry into your home. If you find any holes or signs of damage, get them repaired before they are used by animals to enter your home.

Dogs as Deterrence

A dog can be a good deterrence factor for your home. Dogs are natural hunters with sensitive senses. They can be territorial to intruding animals. Additionally, the scent of a dog can act as a deterrence system for pest animals that may consider it a predator. Be careful not to leave food for the dog unattended in the yard, as it may attract pest animals. Your dog should not be left unattended outside, as it may interact with pest animals in a violent manner. This could expose your dog to a number of diseases that can be harmful to their health; as well as that of your family.

We specialize in the humane removal of raccoons, opossums, and other pests in the New York/New Jersey area. For a complete inspection and evaluation please contact us or call us at 718-962-0376 and we will be happy to make an appointment at your convenience.

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